Clugston Distribution, the logistics arm of the Clugston Group of Companies, has announced an ambitious £1.5 million capital expansion of its fleet during 2013. The expansion is part of the company's strategy to increase its presence in the fuels, intermodal, bulk powder and bulk ash movement markets. The investment, which will lead to ten new jobs being created, means the company will have increased its workforce by 25 people in the last 12 months alone.
With the funds the company will acquire an additional 13 Renault Premium tractor units; five will be specified with ADR and Pet Reg compliance and will aid the growth of the fuels fleet on the Humber as well as the start of the Teesside fuels operation in the summer of 2013. The remaining eight tractor units will be specified with hydraulic discharge fitted compressors for use in the company's bulk powder operation.
To build on the long term partnership between Clugston Distribution and InterBulk, four of the vehicles – pulling new intermodal 30 foot tipping trailers built by Martrans – will be finished in InterBulk livery. Four 49m3 powder tankers have also been ordered from Feldbinder to take advantage of the bulk ash derivatives supply chain and to bolster additional capacity into Clugston's cement tanker fleet to meet customer demand.
On the fuels logistics side a new fuels tanker, built by Cobo and liveried in Clugston's distinctive light blue, will be on fleet in April and will be used in the new Teesside operation from June.
Another asset investment is for a state-of-the-art Lawrence David curtain sided trailer with a fuel efficient design – it is created to deliver a 5.9% fuel saving over a standard build.
From March, this new trailer will be carrying timber products from Lincolnshire, whilst brightening up the roads with its distinctive livery, which was designed by two primary school children in North Lincolnshire to reflect the theme of making Lincolnshire a "greener place to live".
Commenting on the investment David Heath, general manager at Clugston Distribution said: "We are extremely pleased that the Group Board of Clugston is backing our strategy of expansion in targeted markets. We are anticipating 2013 to be a successful growth year across all areas of the business and we remain positive about reinforcing our market position with our current client base as well as new customers."